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Sustainability strategy

The university is committed to sustainability and to working towards the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this commitment the university has developed a sustainability strategy for the whole university in consultation with staff, students and other stakeholders. We have avoided a 'bolt-on' approach, instead focusing on integrating sustainability into the very fabric of the university.

 We seek to not only comply with current sustainability guidelines, but to become a leader in the field through adopting best practice.  We are building on our teaching, learning and research strengths, whilst making De Montfort University (DMU) a more sustainable organisation. Through this approach, we hope to minimise our environmental impact and create a healthy and inspiring place to work and learn.  

Strategy's main themesLevel     
Teaching: Inspiring Sustainability To help staff and students become responsible ‘global’ citizens in the face of the environmental challenges ahead of them.
Research: Thinking Sustainability To develop groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge on sustainability and establishes DMU as a leader in this sector.
Built Environment: Being Sustainability To reduce our environmental impact and be an exemplar of best practice.
Health and Well-Being: Living Sustainability To ensure DMU is a healthy, creative and inspiring ‘space’ to study and work. 
Community Engagement: Leading Sustainability To establish DMU as a beacon of best practice, a centre of research excellence for sustainability and an ambassador locally, regionally and beyond.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Strategy & Coordination Group

Comprising faculty and departmental heads, Estates Department personnel, researchers and representatives from the Student Union (DSU), the SDG Strategy and Co-ordination was created in 2019 as the successor to the Sustainable Development Task Force. 

The SDG Strategy & Co-ordination Group will:

    • To continue to position the university as a leading university in relation to Sustainable Development and the UN SDGs 
    • To develop a strategic approach to contributing to Sustainable Development, the 17 UNSDGs and the 169 associated targets at De Montfort University 
    • Identify and support learning, research and public engagement opportunities which contribute to Sustainable Development and the UN SDGs  
    • To reduce the carbon footprint of De Montfort University and develop the university’s approach to addressing climate change  
    • To enhance communication on activities addressing Sustainable Development and the UN SDGs across the university, in Leicester and with key external partners   
    • To monitor and report on the university’s contribution to Sustainable Development and the UN SDGs 

Sustainability Performance

The annual sustainability report contains information on our current sustainability performance across a wide range of areas and information on our progress towards the 17 SDGs. The annual sustainability report is presented to the university's Operational Leadership Group and then discussed and approved by the university's Executive Board before being made available through this webpage. Copies of the report can be downloaded by clicking on the images of the reports on this page. Any comments regarding the report should be made to the sustainability team at

DMU and the Sustainable Development Goals

The past 12 months has been a truly remarkable period for DMU and its work on sustainability. The university has made an unshakeable commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its strategic plan. To help support refugees worldwide, the United Nations has asked DMU to take the lead in engaging universities across the globe in the #JoinTogether campaign. And DMU has been given the prestigious honour of being a Global Hub for SDG 16. As a result of these momentous commitments to sustainability, the governance of this area is currently being reviewed to ensure that reporting structures and resources are aligned to deliver against these priority areas. 

Environmental Report for 2013/2014

Environmental Report for 2012/2013


Sustainability 2018/2019
Sustainability Report 2018_2019Please click on image to download report.

Sustainability 2017/2018
Sustainability 2017-18

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Sustainability Report 2016/2017

Sustainability Report 16.17

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Sustainability Report 2015/2016

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